Item No. 2 - Residential Organized Waste Strategies

Municipalities in this region have been addressing waste management at the community level by implementing residential organized waste strategies that aim to increase efficiency of waste hauling operations within a city to reduce residential costs, reduce truck traffic and road impacts, improve neighborhood aesthetics and safety and increase environmental benefits, such as increased recycling rates and reduced air pollution. Based on Council direction, staff is presenting an overview of the existing system in Wheat Ridge and various organized waste strategies for Council’s consideration and direction.
This is a recording of the April 4, 2022 City Council Study Session.   


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Item No. 2 - Residential Organized Waste Strategies ( 0.57 MB )

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Hello Wheat Ridge City Council- Thank you so much for taking the time to consider alternative approaches to how waste is managed in Wheat Ridge. We have loved living in Wheat Ridge since 2017 and feel that the city does a great job managing utilities, parks, etc. Our only real concern has been in the realm of waste management for several reasons: 1) For trash, recycling and compost collection services (from two different haulers), we pay over $60/month; that is many times more than what we paid previously for the same level of service in a neighboring municipality. 2) The lack of a coordinated waste strategy means that there are multiple haulers on our street every week. We and many of our neighbors have small children and feel that this poses safety concerns as well as unnecessary pollution, noise and wear and tear on the streets. 3) Some haulers do not provide their own recepticles with lids allowing trash to escape and blow around the neighborhood on windy days. My 5 year old found trash including cigarettes in our yard after a recent wind event. 4) From an environmental perspective, we feel that it is important to expect that all haulers operating in Wheat Ridge at least offer trash, recycling and ideally composting options for residents. Thanks again for your time and attention to this issue!
April 4, 2022, 10:00 AM
Susan Renaud
TO: Wheat Ridge City Council Members I am happy to see that you are committed to looking into residential waste strategies for Wheat Ridge! This has been a concern for my family and I since we moved here in 2013. Having lived in Denver previously we were surprised when we moved to Wheat Ridge and found that residential trash services were more expensive and that there were trash trucks on our quiet residential street nearly every day of the week. My primary concerns are around: safety and noise; cost; and environmental impact. Safety and Noise: -We have a lot of small children and dogs on our street and surrounding streets. The trash trucks are loud and often drive too fast for the area. Cost: -We're paying two different waste service providers so that we can get trash, recycling, and compost. This is a lot more expensive than if there was one service that did it all. Also because we compost and recycle so much, we would really benefit from a pay as you throw model. Environmental Impact: -Having some many waste service companies means more trucks on our roads than is necessary which increases air pollution -We have an opportunity and responsibility to divert solid waste from landfills as much as possible. Without easy, organized recycling and composting, this is difficult for residents to do on their own. I'd really like to see Wheat Ridge address the following: -We need to better regulate the waste service providers in Wheat Ridge to make sure that they are: transparent about their rates, provide all services needed/wanted (including composting), and that they are collecting and sharing data regarding their ability and track record for diverting waste from landfills. -We need to look at our city as a whole and ensure that the waste service options are supporting our overall quality of life including safety and a clean environment, and that we (residents) are not baring the brunt financially for a disorganized approach to waste management. Thank you for the time and consideration!
April 4, 2022, 8:24 AM
Laura McGarry
I'm writing to express my concern with the way waste is currently managed in Wheat Ridge. I would like the City to consider doing something different. I have concerns regarding 1) the impact on my family and community's quality of life, 2) the costs and overall quality of services, and 3) overall environmental stewardship. Personally, I've found that current waste management practices have resulted in higher trash truck traffic volumes, which in turn, has led to numerous hindrances in the public right of way impacting safe pedestrian connections throughout the City. Additionally, it is my understanding that our neighboring communities who've made the effort to address this issue have benefited from both reduced costs and expanded services. Thank you for taking the time to consider this matter.
April 4, 2022, 6:42 AM
Mark De La Torre
I'm writing to express my concern with the way waste is currently managed in Wheat Ridge.  I would like the City to consider doing something different.  I have concerns regarding 1) the impact on my family and community's quality of life, 2) the costs and overall quality of services, and 3) overall environmental stewardship.  Personally, I've found that current waste management practices have resulted in higher trash truck traffic volumes, which in turn, has led to numerous hindrances in the public right of way impacting safe pedestrian connections throughout the City.  Additionally, it is my understanding that our neighboring communities who've made the effort to address this issue have benefited from both reduced costs and expanded services. Thank you for taking the time to consider this matter.
April 4, 2022, 6:40 AM
Mark De La Torre
Thank you for taking up this issue. The inefficiency of having several different companies with trash trucks driving up and down our streets to each service a few houses is frustrating, not to mention the fact that we pay higher costs than if we were to have a preferred hauler. At a minimum, I hope council will consider strengthening licensing requirements for these companies to ensure they are offering recycling, compost, and volume-based waste hauling, submitting data to the city to inform future decision-making, and ideally are driving cleaner trucks. There’s an assumption that it’s cheaper for everyone to have their own hauler but Sustainable Wheat Ridge has found in its research that that isn’t the case. For example, Arvada’s new city contract rates ($11-20/month for trash & recycling) are lower than what people are paying for trash and recycling in Wheat Ridge (typically $27-30/month for trash & recycling from at least 2 different haulers). Additionally, trash trucks are some of the most inefficient vehicles on the road, typically getting 2-4 miles per gallon (see https://afdc.energy.gov/data/10310), contributing to climate change, and worse, impacting our local air quality. Reducing the number of these vehicles on the road can help improve air quality and safety for kids and other residents walking and biking on our streets. Thank you for attention to this issue.
April 3, 2022, 10:10 AM
Kelly Blynn
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